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New Humane Society shelter opening "significantly" delayed

Posted: 11:48 AM, Oct 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-08 22:37:24-04

BOISE, Idaho — The Idaho Humane Society is delaying the grand opening of their new Boise adoption center and medical facility due to unforeseen circumstances.

A member of the public came to check out the new building Monday afternoon and accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brake and accelerated into the building causing structural damage.

The Idaho Humane Society is in the process of assessing the damage but says the wall will have to be removed and replaced. Complicating things further, the point of impact is the exterior wall for the brand new surgical center.

"We have to take down the whole section and start over, because it is a surgery suite," Kristine Schellhass said. "If it would have hit any other part of the building, it wouldn't have mattered so much for those construction pieces; but because we do need it to be completely sterile, we have to have it done a very specific way. "

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Officials also ran into issues with clogged sewer pipes they are working to address.

The facility on Dorman Street remains open.

The $15 million Boise facility on Overland, just east of Maple Grove, will act as an adoption center and veterinary care facility once it opens.